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President’s Letter “Ours is a people business.” This special edition of The Meaning of Care Magazine is focused on our strongest traditions: a culture of caring that puts people first. This is the essence of who we are and what we do. Our story began on May 28, 1891, when the 28-bed Methodist Episcopal Hospital and Deaconess Home opened its doors to serve members of the Omaha community regardless of religion, race, gender or ability to pay. Over the years, Methodist grew from one small hospital into the region’s first integrated health system, nationally recognized for quality and innovation. Our people established a reputation for excellent and compassionate care, continuing to build enduring relationships with patients and family members.

John M. Fraser

President and CEO Methodist Health System

These relationships resonate over decades. As you will see in our story about generational care, many of today’s patients — including Alyssa and Noah, proud parents of little Aalayah — confidently choose the Methodist physicians their parents, aunts, uncles and others have known and trusted. While all successful organizations have key leaders, none can match the 41year contribution of Methodist’s President Emeritus John W. Estabrook, who understood the great honor and responsibility of our “people business.” By building on lessons learned from a military hospital bed, he founded our culture of caring and sparked many of the innovations leading us into the 21st century. As we celebrate Methodist’s 125th anniversary, the most important thing to know is not the number of years passed. It is our commitment — past, present and future — to living The Meaning of Care. Sincerely,

Past, Present, Future

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125 Years Brings Generations of Care Page 10

Heart and Dove

The heart represents compassion, charity and serving. The dove suggests harmony and tranquility. Together, they symbolize the spirit of The Meaning of Care.

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1891 Methodist Hospital The 28-bed Methodist Episcopal Hospital and Deaconess Home opened in a three-story house at 20th & Harney in May, welcoming the first students to its nursing school in September. The average daily cost of care was $1; the average length of stay was 14 days. Overcrowding was a problem from the start, with staff reluctantly turning away two or more potential patients per day.





New Hospital

Growing Fame

84th & Dodge

Described by the Omaha WorldHerald as “a truly magnificent structure,” the new facility at 36th & Cuming was built of fireproof brick and steel. Though this 80-bed, fivestory Methodist Hospital was filled with the latest medical equipment, staff marveled most at the elevator. Nurses were no longer required to carry patients up and down several flights of stairs for surgery.

Two pivotal, related events occurred in 1951: Methodist Hospital hired John W. Estabrook (see page 6), and receipts topped $1 million. A new wing brought the bed count to 314, and a 1955 expansion made the surgical suite of nine ORs the largest in Omaha and first in Nebraska with an adjacent recovery room. Methodist Hospital was home to Nebraska’s first intensive care unit and first cobalt radiation therapy unit, the Midwest’s first tumor registry and the first 24/7 physicianstaffed emergency department between Chicago and the West Coast.

Lessons learned at 36th & Cuming were combined with the latest health care and engineering innovations to build a new Methodist Hospital at 84th & Dodge, described as “the Cadillac of medical facilities in Omaha.” Quickly filling with patients, the single-tower hospital had nine stories, 12 ORs, 328 beds and Nebraska’s first linear accelerator. The 36th & Cuming hospital went on to provide outpatient surgery, elder care, substance abuse treatment and low- or no-cost health care to the underserved before the campus was sold to the Salvation Army in 1990 for $1.




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Growth Continues

Methodist’s skill in providing the best care at a reasonable price inspired hospitals in three states to retain Methodist Hospital’s management services, and Methodist became the first Nebraska hospital with a shared laundry and medical supply distributorship. In 1981, Methodist’s North Tower was completed and occupied by Children’s Hospital as a partnership between two separate, collaborative entities. After Methodist Health System was formed in 1982, Methodist Physicians Clinic was welcomed on board in 1990 and Methodist Jennie Edmundson Hospital in 1994.

Methodist Hospital expanded into the North Tower after Children’s Hospital moved into its new facility in 2000. As Methodist was beginning to outgrow the landlocked 84th & Dodge campus, a visionary solution was taking shape to the west. Meanwhile, the new Nebraska Methodist College – The Josie Harper Campus opened at 87th & Burt in 2006.

A Medical Campus Devoted to Women Little Hayden Hoffman entered the world blissfully unaware he would be the first of the more than 24,000 babies born to date at Methodist Women’s Hospital. The 192nd & Dodge location became the region’s only medical campus devoted to women when it opened in June 2010. At the 84th & Dodge campus, cardiovascular, oncology and surgical services gained essential room to expand. Growth continued with the 2015 opening of Methodist Physicians Clinic Gretna, for a total of 270 employed providers at 22 clinic locations.

Today & Beyond The Meaning of Care Growth and innovation continue throughout Methodist Health System to better serve our community. Thanks in part to the support of donors to Methodist Hospital Foundation, the Methodist Hospital Surgical Expansion & Renovation Project will open in 2017, and Methodist Women’s Hospital will complete an expansion of its level 3 Neonatal ICU in 2018. And each day, Methodist’s 6,000 employees will make Methodist The Meaning of Care.


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’s parents had rel By this time, Estabrook enrolled they settled here, and he With his wife, Nancy, maha, O ion at the University of in business administrat now UNO. rintendent of ed Rev. Bret Lyle, supe In 1951, Estabrook ask g, about job en at 36th and Cumin th al, pit os H ist od eth M ern. as an administrative int openings and was hired e hospital,” and did every job in th “I made $125 a month and night d floors, ran the elevator be ub scr “I d. sai ok ro of it.” Estab okkeeping, bedpans, all bo ry, nd lau did I . rd switchboa


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with tine included morning coffee rou s Hi nse po res ts’ ien pat the cafeteria eyes. Your attitude influences the charge nurses, lunch in 9, Estabrook 195 in d ire ret le Ly v. Re nty of When to treatment.” e, h physicians and staff, and ple tim wit t firs the r Fo . tor stra ini was named adm e President “Howdy Rounds.” run by a church Methodist Health System Vic Methodist Hospital was not red nto me and ed t of the same trained Jerry Ellwanger, who was hir “He showed us we were all par leader, but by a professionally to ent tam tes a as s thi d ght me to treat by Estabrook, offere m,” said Ellwanger. “He tau tea hospital administrator. n: tio iza an org t as a CEO Estabrook’s influence on the a janitor with the same respec s differently, ple peo a n bee ays alw s ha “I could see ways to do thing k ” “Mr. Estabroo because both are important. ook, who believes ple. He would tell peo ues val ly more effectively,” said Estabr tru o wh son per ctivity, efficiency, bricks and mortar, excellence comes from produ us, ‘We can have the nicest g lin dea in ion act ive t without our boldness and imaginat and the best technology, bu with change. people, we’re nothing.’” , tor stra ini r. E cared about In Estabrook’s first year as adm Staff members knew that M his der Un t. cen per it. revenue increased 10 them. They saw it. They felt in the yed sta e lin m tto bo the p, leadershi gh the hospital, ndation for “Every day, he’d walk throu black, though he laid the fou — Ruth Freed, PhD, RN t,” said housekeeper Mary s. cha ces and suc p ial sto anc fin n tha re mo feeling low, ke the difference Montgomery. “You might be he Estabrook wrote, “People ma t,” cos by d ine erm d det he’ ly ly, on nd t no frie is e and nce. Always “Valu and he’d be so nice ween mediocrity and excelle ed bet vid pro e car of y alit qu the by wrote, “but t, dignity and bring your spirits up.” treat your people with respec t.” ien pat ry eve ess. The patient is to equity. This is a people busin cursor to formalized hospital pre a its, vis ese Th ess vice, but it is also ook called his daily the prime objective of our ser A Patient-First People Busin rounding, were what Estabr olved.” a business of all the people inv er culture — a truly “Howdy Rounds,” as in “Howdy, how are Mr. E was building a strong fabric of his you doing?” patient-centered culture. “Caring was woven into the , former vice rk,” said Ruth Freed, PhD, RN ays esn’t get you anyplace,” wo do alw ce are g offi ein an ll-b in g we ttin and “Si ety ient care “Patient saf of Methodist Hospital’s pat have to know you.” ent ees en sid loy wh pre mp ote “E wr d. k sai oo k abr oo Est abr Est our first priority,” t his hand on the services. “Mr. Estabrook kep ent philosophy. gem na ma his . ing riz me na ma sum always moving And he knew them all. By akened lse of the organization while we pu a in ple peo le rab lne vu “Patients are ore dawn with a forward and raising the bar.” dition. Treat Mr. E started his day long bef emotional and physical con ering log and a visit n and empathy. study of the evening’s engine them with dignity, compassio tal in each patient’s with the doctors in the medical staff lounge. Remember you are the hospi

Caring was woven into the fabric of his work.


Raising the Bar

John Estabrook has been describ ed as a visionary leader, a health care inn ovator and a man ahead of his time.

late Hollis J. Limprecht, the new hospital is described as “handsome, colorf ul, efficiently designed, conveniently arranged, complete with the latest in medical technology and staffed by health care professionals who we re dedicated to their jobs.”

The successful sharing of servic es among hospitals to achieve cost-saving economies of scale was demonstrated with Methodist and Children’s Hospitals’ shared -campus collaboration and with the cre ation of Shared Service Systems, a medical sup ply distribution and centralized laundry, now ser ving health care facilities in four states.

John Fraser, president and CE O of Methodist Health System, agr ees that Estabrook is all this and more, Occupancy rocketed to 95 per calling cent within him “Methodist’s George Washi two weeks, exceeding the most ngton.” optimistic projections and prompting Est abrook to “John Estabrook is a forward-thi nker who Methodist Hospital Foundatio admit, “We almost had to put n, Omaha’s patients made Methodist a leading hos pital,” said first hospital foundation, was for in the hallways.” med to Jerry Mahoney, who began his 40-year support nursing education, and the Methodist career at Methodist Hospital as Estabrook sees building Metho a pharmacist, dist Hospital at Hospital School of Nursing bec ame Nebraska before Estabrook named him an 84th Street at a reasonable cos assistant t as the number Methodist College, with certifi cat e and degree administrator and eventual vic one accomplishment of his car e president. “He eer, emphasizing, programs in nursing and alli ed health. set the example that you work hard and do what “I did it not by myself but with a lot of help needs to be done to keep Metho Sur from a lot of people.” gical, cardiovascular and oncolo dist on top gy services without wasting money. He ran con tin ued to expand. In 2006, the Me a tight ship.” thodist Thinking Bigger Cancer Center was renamed in honor of John Methodist Hospital’s reputation Estabrook could see the change for excellence W. Estabrook, who provided the s looming grew under Estabrook’s leadersh heart, soul on the health care horizon, and ip. In the and vision that empowered Metho in 1970, he 1950s and 60’s, Methodist imple dist to brought Clark Mathisen on boa mented grow and succeed. rd as chief Nebraska’s first electronic data financial officer. processing for record-keeping, first surgical sui Throughout Mr. E’s 41-year ass te with adjacent ociation with “In those days, a hospital was a recovery room, first ICU, first the organization, he committed hospital was telecobalt himself to a hospital,” Mathisen said. “Jo therapy unit, first specially traine pursuing the creation of the ide hn Estabrook d hospital IV al health care was a national leader in setting team, first nationally accredited environment. Why? Because he up a system of hospital blood knows what it hospitals. He knew that to adv bank and first 24/7 emergency means to be on the other side ance we had to department. of the bedrails. expand and change.” However, the facility, with section “Every decision he made was bec s dating back Mathi ause he put sen helped lead one of Estabrook to 1908, was not up to the cha the patient first,” said Cyndy Peacoc ’s llenges of the late bol k, president dest initiatives: computerizatio 20th and early 21st centuries. n of the and CEO of Methodist Hospit al Foundation. hospital’s patient care system. In the early “He always asked, ‘How will thi “We were out of space. We had s impact 1970s, Technicon, a young com mechanical put er company the patient?” problems. Upgrades were too ine in Ca lifo rnia, operated the nation’s first fficient and too expensive,” Estabrook said Medical Information System (M “I learned so much from being . “We needed IS) in two a patient,” a new hospital.” hospitals through its time-share Est abrook said. “I just brought for d computer. ward In 1973, Methodist Hospital bec what I learned.” West to 84th Street ame the first hospital in the nation to install , maintain Estabrook convinced the hospita Story by Julie Cerney and operate MIS in-house. The rev l board to look olutionary west, to outside the city at 84th system automated 60 functions and Dodge, and eliminated where Omaha’s population wa han dwriting of more than two mi s projected to llion grow. In 1966, he assigned Jerr forms per year. y Mahoney full time to the ongoing constructio n project. Over the next decade, Methodis t “He liked that I was a nitpicker Ho spital provided management ser ,’” said vices to Mahoney, who was said to kno hospitals in Nebraska, Iowa and w the exact Missouri. location of every wire, light bul Locally, Methodist opened Om b and fixture by aha’s the time the hospital opened on firs t outpatient surgery center at 36t April 29, 1968. h and Cuming before building a new In “A Century of Miracles,” a out pat ient history of surgery center at 84th and Do dge, where Methodist Hospital’s first 100 years by the the second tower opened in 198 y members 1. ok and famil

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“Thank God Alyssa went to see Dr. Bassett,” said Amy Hayes Preucil, Aalayah’s grandmother. “I just felt so much better knowing she and the baby were in his care.”

Aalayah Hayes’ arrival was a family event.

Dr. Bassett, an OB/GYN at Methodist Physicians Clinic Women’s Center, is no stranger to the family. Dr. Bassett not only delivered Aalayah, he also delivered her mother, Alyssa; father, Noah; and all of her aunts. Dr. Bassett is the OB/GYN of choice for both of Aalayah’s grandmothers and also two great-grandmothers.

Great-grandmas, grandmas, moms, sisters and spouses waited eagerly on New Year’s Eve for her arrival, but they certainly weren’t nervous about what was happening in the delivery room with her mom, Alyssa. Not with Craig Bassett, MD, in charge.

“He delivered both me and Noah, and now he’s delivered our daughter,” said Alyssa, whose daughter was born on New Year’s Eve and was the last baby of 2015 born at Methodist Women’s Hospital. “It’s both weird and awesome.”

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“When we found out Alyssa was pregnant, there was never a question of which doctor she was going to see,” said Joell Gerber, Alyssa’s mother. “With Dr. Bassett taking care of her and the baby, there was no worry.”

It’s About The Meaning of Care

“Grown-up pediatric patients say they return to us because of who we are. They remember the great care we provided to them as children,” said Dr. Arispe. “My young parents do notice changes too. Back in 1997, I wore

With 125 years in the community, Methodist and its providers are about more than just individual appointments and procedures. The Meaning of Care, the words that explain the Methodist mission so succinctly, is about the relationships and bonds that form along the way — providing quality service and care that goes far beyond a one-time visit.

“Our patients trust and believe in what we do here at Methodist Health System,” said Emilio Arispe, MD, a pediatrician at the Methodist Physicians Clinic at 192nd and Dodge. “We are doing the right things for them. That’s why they come back.” Dr. Arispe is now in his 20th year as a provider at Methodist. As a pediatrician, he has the privilege of watching his patients grow. Nothing gives him more pleasure when those little patients later come back as parents.


To have a relationship with your doctor that’s like a friendship —it’s worth everything.

— Beth Bahr

lab coat, suit and tie, and cowboy boots every single day. Now I wear scrubs and funny, colorful shoes. While they see the change, they also see I’m still the same old Dr. Arispe. Moms, dads and kids think it’s awesome.”



“Dr. Arispe was the first to come to mind,” said Brittany. “He’s just a great doctor.” Brittany first started seeing Dr. Arispe when she was just three years old. Brittany’s long and difficult battle with allergies and asthma led her mom to his door. “She had one ear infection right after another and then severe issues with her asthma,” said Beth. “Dr. Arispe is very gentle and soothing to children. I imagine he’s like that as a father. It’s almost like he acts with his patients as he would as a father, and they’re naturally more at ease. “That’s one reason I kept Brittany with him,” she continued. “I knew that if she was going to have to get poked and prodded while diagnosing and treating all the things that went with her illness, at least she felt secure with him.”

Colorful Shoes, Outstanding Care When Brittany Olson had her son, Graden, three years ago, there was no hesitation when the labor and delivery nurses asked her choice of pediatrician. Her mother, Beth Ann Bahr, had introduced her to him years ago.

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Beth says Dr. Arispe became her go-to expert when it came to Brittany’s ongoing health issues. She says he listened when he needed to and gave thoughtful advice and recommendations. “I just feel very blessed to have found him as a doctor. He improved Brittany’s quality of life,” said Beth. “They say one person can make a difference, and he really has. To have a relationship with your doctor that’s like a friendship — it’s worth everything.” For Brittany, now a mother herself, her memories of a caring pediatrician and her mother’s advice are all it took to go back. She wanted her own son to have the same incredible care she experienced as a child. “When we first brought Graden to see him, Dr. Arispe recognized all of us and was so excited about seeing us,” said Brittany. “My son is always excited to see Dr. Arispe and his colorful shoes. Everything in his office is geared toward making kids more comfortable, and that means so much.”


Being a Part of Life’s Journey Patrick McCarville, MD, knew even before going to medical school what kind of doctor he wanted to become. “I grew up in a small community in western Nebraska,” said Dr. McCarville. “I kept being drawn back to what I was most comfortable with, and that’s taking care of families.”

The best care is delivered where relationships exist. There is trust and that level of personal interaction that people

are accustomed to. — Patrick McCarville, MD

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That’s why he loves practicing medicine at Methodist Physicians Clinic in Valley. In his 25year career, he has provided care to many generations of small-town families — grandparents, parents, aunts, uncles and children. Dr. McCarville says it’s those relationships that make it all worthwhile. “Family medicine lends itself to generational care. That’s what family medicine is based on,” said Dr. McCarville. “Being in a small community, which is where I always wanted to practice, that happens even more so because families tend to stay where they are comfortable. It’s all about relationally taking care of folks through time and being a part of that life journey with them.” And to Dr. McCarville, that’s what medicine is all about. “The best care is delivered where those relationships exist,” said Dr. McCarville. “Where there is a relationship, there is trust and that level of personal interaction that people are accustomed to. It all gets back to the heart and dove and The Meaning of Care.”

Dr. Martin holds Knox moments with her Julie shares precious ughter, Danielle. d da grandson, Knox, an more on women beyond their childbearing years,” said Dr. Martin, who helped create the Methodist Physicians Clinic Women’s Center Menopause Clinic in 2013. “I was so pleased when I found out that Danielle’s baby would be born before I stopped working in obstetrics.

Last Delivery, Greatest Joy “To me, The Meaning of Care is not being just another number,” said Julie Frolio, a devoted mother and grandmother. “When I’m with Methodist and Dr. Martin, I know the care I’m getting and the care my daughters are getting is the best. It is never, ever a question.” When Julie Frolio moved back to Omaha with her family several years ago, she knew exactly who she wanted for her women’s health care provider: Thomas Martin, MD, at Methodist Women’s Center. The physician had seen her through two miscarriages and the birth of one of her three daughters. “He was very caring, and I never felt like I was just another patient,” said Julie. “I could tell he truly cared about me as a person, like I was his only concern. I knew whatever he said, I didn’t have to question it. He had my best interests at heart.” When her teenage daughters had medical concerns, Julie trusted the care Dr. Martin provided. And when her daughter Danielle got married and began planning for a family, there was only one question: timing. “I’d been delivering babies for 35 years, and it was time for me to adjust my practice to focus

“I had delivered her, and now her first child would be my last delivery. It was very emotional.”

Julie shares memories with her grandson. “When I found out Dr. Martin would be able to deliver our baby, and that our baby was going to be his last delivery, that just made it so much more special, sentimental and significant,” said Danielle. “Choosing Dr. Martin definitely gave me more security in knowing I was in good hands. It felt like family because he’d taken care of my family. I knew he had a history with my mom and my sisters, and there was an added layer of comfort.” “Knowing how much he had gone through with me and the special care he provided, then seeing him take that same gentle care with Danielle through her pregnancy and delivering my grandson, made it so special

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for all of us,” said Julie. “After our grandson was born, Dr. Martin came in and hugged me. He just kept saying how blessed he felt to have delivered my grandchild. He’s just a very sincere, caring, genuine person, and I’ll never forget that moment.”

From Our Family to Yours From tending to the cries of a newborn baby to holding the hand of a worried mother or grandmother, Methodist providers know when one person turns to us for care, many others feel the impact. There are families — spouses, parents, children, siblings, grandparents — who are all directly touched by the way Methodist delivers The Meaning of Care. That’s why every appointment, diagnosis and treatment we provide is important. It’s important to you, and it’s important to us. “Taking care of families, the relationships, seeing them grow, seeing them come back — it really does mean a lot,” said Dr. McCarville. The Methodist family is proud to have been a part of your family for 125 years. And we look forward to serving you well into the future.

Story by Katina Granger

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Six-Year-Old Cancer Survivor

Inner Beauty Reveals Her Inner Elsa AnnaBelle Kinney

Playtime is the best time for six-year-old AnnaBelle Kinney, especially when it involves dressing up like a princess. Her long blonde hair makes her feel like Queen Elsa from the movie Frozen. But when AnnaBelle began chemotherapy, her storybook hair started falling out. “It was coming out in chunks,” said Stephanie Kinney, AnnaBelle’s mom. “I tried not to cry in front of her, but it was heartbreaking to see.”

Stephanie tried to improvise and purchased a costume wig, but it itched too much and wouldn’t stay on. That’s when Stephanie found Inner Beauty, a specialty salon for cancer survivors inside Methodist Estabrook Cancer Center.

Lori Fuchs with AnnaBelle

AnnaBelle was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma in 2015 and immediately started treatment.

“A little girl is no different than a grown woman. We all want to feel beautiful,” said Lori Fuchs, a clinical cosmetologist at Inner Beauty. “When you feel good on the outside, you feel more confident.”

“When the doctor said cancer, it was so hard,” said Stephanie. “The thought of losing her was devastating.”

Lori found the perfect wig for AnnaBelle and will never forget the fitting.

Compounding their pain, AnnaBelle’s bald head made her an easy target for bullying. “One little girl told everyone AnnaBelle had lice, and they shouldn’t play with her,” said Stephanie. “AnnaBelle was so upset, and I didn’t know how to fix this.” With a tight budget, money for a professional wig was out of the question.


“She was apprehensive at first, but once she looked in the mirror, she was a different girl,” said Lori. “Her smile went from ear to ear.” Stephanie wasn’t sure if AnnaBelle could receive help since she is not getting her medical treatments at Methodist. The family was thrilled to learn that Inner Beauty is open to everyone. “AnnaBelle is getting stronger every day. I believe a big part of her recovery is due to Inner Beauty,” said Stephanie. “She has her inner Elsa back.” To see more programs funded by Methodist Hospital Foundation, go to 8401 WEST DODGE ROAD, SUITE 225 OMAHA, NE 68114 (402) 354-4825

The 1891 Society Named for the year in which Methodist Hospital was established, the 1891 Society recognizes the current giving of loyal donors who support the programs and projects of Methodist Hospital Foundation. We thank the following friends who made a gift between October 1, 2015, and December 31, 2015.


Gifts & pledges $100,000 and greater Helen Bruce John & Carmen Gottschalk The Lozier Foundation McGowan Family Foundation Methodist Medical Staff Methodist Volunteers In Partnership Larry & Linda Pearson Louis & Kathi Rotella


Gifts & pledges $50,000 to $99,999 Dennis & Cathy Blackman Dr. C.C. & Mabel L. Criss Memorial Foundation Leone Spencer Harlan The Mammel Foundation Scare Away Cancer Suzanne & Walter Scott Foundation Simmonds Family Foundation Bill & Sydney Winstrom


Gifts & pledges $10,000 to $49,999 Anesthesia West, PC Chad Bauerly, MD Monte Christo, MD Mark D’Agostino, MD Tad Freeburg, MD Michael Grubb, MD Gregg Hirz, MD Stephen Hosman, MD Wes Hubka, MD Kent Hultquist, MD Kent Hutton, MD Paul Jacobsen, MD John Lindsey III, MD Robert Moore, MD Thomas Ohrt, MD John Peterson, MD Kelli Peterson, MD Hap Pocras, MD

Douglas Rennels, MD Chris Robertson, MD Josh Smith, MD J. Kenneth Tiojanco, MD Mark Wilson, MD Khalid A. Awad, MD The Becker Family Foundation Susan J. Dennis John & Nancy Estabrook Dale & Patsy Hosman Family Foundation Dr. & Mrs. Brady A. Kerr The Kim Foundation Jack & Stephanie Koraleski Leap-for-a-Cure Dr. David & Maria Minderman Drs. John & Kathleen Mitchell Chris & Betsy Murphy Perinatal Associates, PC Robert Bonebrake, MD Brendan D. Connealy, MD Joshua D. Dahlke, MD Neil Hamill, MD Michael Levine, MD Todd Lovgren, MD Andrew Robertson, MD Hemant Satpathy, MD Radiologic Center Inc. Lisa A. Bladt, MD Kevin M. Cawley, MD Paul S. Christy, MD Ryan A. Dvorak, MD Merlyn D. Gibson, MD David J. Hilger, MD Richard A. Kutilek, MD Ben A. Maertins, MD Kevin L. Nelson, MD Nick L. Nelson, MD Temple S. Rucker, MD Linda A. Sing, MD Kristofer A. Vander Zwaag, MD Victor & Wilma Schuermann Nate Spoon


Gifts & pledges $5,000 to $9,999 Baird Holm, LLC Edson & Sally Bridges Dr. & Mrs. Douglas E. Brouillette Dr. & Mrs. David H. Filipi Dr. & Mrs. Jonathan E. Fuller Michele & Doug Grewcock Richard & Helen Kelley Dr. & Mrs. Rudolf Kotula Linda & Robert Lovgren Sean McMahon & Tracy Madden-McMahon Omaha Lancers Hockey Foundation

Pathology Center Jiri Bedrnicek, MD John Gentry, MD Christine Hans, MD Gene Herbek, MD Teresa Karre, MD Shane Kohl, MD Diana Nevins, MD Deborah Perry, MD Andrew Rasmussen, MD Gregory Smith, MD Alan Torell, MD Thomas Williams, MD Cyndy Peacock Edwin C. Schafer, MD Charlotte P. Schenken Security National Bank of Omaha The James P. Verhalen Family Foundation Anne Thorne Weaver

John & Lynne Holdenried Georgina A. Hopkin, PhD Jeffrey J. Huber Jennie L. Jacobs Michael B. Jones, MD Ed & Diane Klima Constance K. Korbitz Dr. & Mrs. Steven C. Koukol Dr. & Mrs. Richard A. Kutilek Dr. & Mrs. Jack K. Lewis Stephen & Sue Long Dr. & Mrs. William Lydiatt Gary & Kathy McConnell Barbara E. McCraw Dr. & Mrs. Harry E. McFadden J. Paul & Eleanor McIntosh Dennis & Debra McMillan Steven & Susan McWhorter Peter & Laurie Morris Annie Murphy Friends Reighe & Burton Nagel Gifts & pledges $1,000 to $4,999 Nebraska Methodist College Alumni Association Michael & Julie Ahrens Michael & Dr. Irina Popa Newcomb American Hockey Group Dr. & Mrs. Stephen M. Nielsen Carolyn L. Anderson Dr. & Mrs. Charles E. Olson Anderson Partners Omaha Central High School Dr. Deanna Armstrong & Dr. Thad Woods Mark D. Omar, MD Dr. & Mrs. K. Don Arrasmith Ralph & Paulette Palmer Judith & Robert Bachman Dr. & Mrs. Jeffrey A. Passer Dr. & Mrs. Craig A. Bassett John W. Pemberton, MD Dr. & Mrs. Chad Bauerly Dr. & Mrs. Trent W. Quinlan Baxter Auto Angie Quinn Dr. & Mrs. Daniel G. Bohi Dr. & Mrs. Neal Ratzlaff Randy & Suzanne Burns Drs. James & Rebecca Reilly Dr. & Mrs. John Cannella The Scoular Foundation Alvin & Paula Chamberlain Dr. & Mrs. Thomas W. Seidel Jason J. Cisler, MD Shea Family Charitable Trust Clinical Laboratory Management Association Rev. & Mrs. David L. Smith Bob Cohn Dr. Pamela J. Smith Dr. & Mrs. Mark L. D’Agostino Dr. & Mrs. Russell B. Smith DeMarco Bros. Company Stryker Sustainability Solutions Dr. & Mrs. Gregory L. Eakins Nick & Carol Taylor William & Barbara Fitzgerald Dr. & Mrs. Britt A. Thedinger Wm. Tate & Denise Fitzgerald Dr. & Mrs. Alan G. Thorson John & Debbie Fraser Del & Phyllis Toebben Susan Freund Stanley M. Truhlsen Family Foundation Russell Fries & Ruth Dickson Bob & Sharon Wagner Dianne & Mark Gillaspie Sarah & Marcus Wagstaff Dr. & Mrs. Peter M. Gordon Dr. & Mrs. Eugene A. Waltke Viola Gottschalk Brian Ward, MD Gregg Young Chevrolet Dr. & Mrs. Ronald L. Wax Richard C. & Pat Hahn Adam & Sarah Yale Kevin & Karmen Hansen Carolyn J. Harper Our friends who wish to remain anonymous. Dr. & Mrs. Herbert A. Hartman Jr. RyAnne M. Hastings Nick & Amy Henderson

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The Meaning of Care - Spring 2016  

The Spring 2016 issue is a special 125th Anniversary edition featuring: -John W. Estabrook: Founder of Methodist's Culture of Caring -Th...

The Meaning of Care - Spring 2016  

The Spring 2016 issue is a special 125th Anniversary edition featuring: -John W. Estabrook: Founder of Methodist's Culture of Caring -Th...